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A research by the Corruption Watch released on Thursday shows that South Africans are concerned with the level of corruption in the police force.

Out of the 1,400 members of the public surveyed, 33 percent experienced bribery, 23 percent experienced abuse of power and 18 percent experienced dereliction of duty.

“This report is the story of almost every woman, man and child in our country and that is the most troubling fact,” said Corruption Watch researcher Melusi Ncala.

The Corruption Watch’s investigations of the police started in 2012 at its inception. Ncala said the public complained that they no longer have confidence in the police force, and some police officers make dockets disappear for a fee while collude with criminals.

Ncala said, “Let us work collectively, with the police, to shape and mould police into an institution of accountability and transparency.”

The report shows that police of different ranks from station commanders, captains and constables are involved.

The police have to have a political will and a commitment from the sector itself to deal with the perpetrators of corruption within their ranks, he added. Enditem

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